Actor boosts hospice walk

Women in Wigan are being urged to join the town's first- ever midnight walk to raise funds for charity.

And who better to persuade them than Holby City's serial womaniser and former consultant registrar Mubbs Hussein, (alias Ian Aspinall)?

The actor visited Wigan & Leigh Hospice which has organised the Star Trekkers sponsored midnight walk to boost funds.

Hospice community fundraiser Jeanette Winstanley said: "I rang Ian to ask if he would be willing to help promote the walk, and as soon as I said it was a ladies-only walk and we were hoping to attract more than 1,000 'trekkers', he said 'When do you want me to come?'

Ian is no stranger to TV notoriety. His first TV role was to stab and kill Brian Tyldesley in Coronation Street and he has also starred in the film East to East.

He said: "I had a tour of the Hospice and the work they do for people in very difficult circumstances is amazing.

"Cast members of a hospital-based soap do lots of research, but seeing the work they do here at the hospice is very humbling.

"I urge all ladies to join us in this great fundraising initiative and raise lots of money. I'll be looking out for you on the night. I might even pinch a kiss or two!"

Successful Moon Walks have been organised in other areas for some years with thousands of women taking to the streets.

Now the hospice is calling on women to make the Star Trekkers event the biggest assembly of girl power ever seen in Wigan.

Appeals organisers are hoping hundreds of women will join the walk, setting off from the JJB health club at midnight on Saturday, June 21, for a gentle eight-mile stroll under starlit skies.

Entrants can walk at their own pace and gentle walking around the streets is all the training required.

Jeanette said: "We thought it would be a good idea for a bit of girl power. It's a chance for ladies to unite and have some fun, while at the same time raising money for those whose journey is much more difficult."

The 15 entrance fee includes a T-shirt and breakfast after the walk.

Jeanette added: "It will be a fun-night out. There'll be one or two surprises."

The hospice is also looking for men willing to act as marshalls for the walk.

Registration forms are available at the hospice in Kildare Street, Hindley, or any hospice shop. For for more details call Jeanette or Julie on 01942 525566 during office hours, or e-mail